The more people share their time and
skills, the healthier and happier your
neighbourhood will become. With time
banking, everyday acts of kindness are
recognised as the important contribution
they are to everyone’s wellbeing.
Time banking is a new and safe framework
for people to connect up with each other,
a letter of introduction to neighbourhood
1. People list the skills and
experience which they can offer
and those that they may need.
2. Everyone’s skills are valued
equally - one hour always equals
one time credit.
3. Everyone agrees to both give and
to receive help, to earn and to spend
their time credits.
4. A record is kept of all the time
credits earned and spent, ideally
on computer using the ‘Time Online’
5. Everyone is encouraged to spend
their time credits to allow others
the chance to make a difference
and feel needed.
Everyone can chip in what they can,
when they can and be valued for the
contributions they make.
We have found that at first many people
do not appreciate that they have skills that
will be of value to others. We devised a
skills and needs questionnaire (see next
sheet) to overcome this and if you sit down
and go through it with them, people soon
understand that they have a lot to offer.
Feel free to adapt it and use it to
unlock the rich supply of time, skills and
experience that are already there in your
local area just waiting to be put to good
use. There are no limits to what you can